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Jul 3, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. that is after a marathon negotiation session overnight. kpix 5's cate caugiran is at caltrans district 4 office in oakland. any progress? >> reporter: that meeting is going to take place in about an hour. bart and the two unions met for nearly 8 straight hours last night. now that both sides have rested, commuters are hoping today will be the day they can possibly reach a deal. [ chanting ] >> on strike, on strike! >> reporter: picketers continued outside this morning after their bargaining teams rested after hours of negotiation. the two sides adjourned at 3 a.m. state mediators appointed by governor brown asked bart and the unions not to talk depails about the negotiations. >> we have gotten to the point where we're no longer talking about what's on the table. that's what's best. we want to be sure the conversations stay at the table to get a deal done as soon as possible. >> we want to get back to work. it's rough out here. a lot of us are tired. but, you know, we're out here to stick it out. we want to be treated fairly. >> reporter: we new numbers from bart this afternoon over how much mon
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Jun 28, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of the direct sunlight. live in livermore, i'm mark sayre, kpix 5. >>> major developments that could impact your workday on monday. bart unions have given notice now that they may go on strike monday morning. their contract ends at 11:59 sunday night and right now, they don't appear any closer to reaching a deal with management management. oakland, city parks, libraries and other services will be affected by the strike. city workers are upset about what they say are dishonest budget numbers from city hall. morethan in just a moment. but first, our ryan takeo is in oakland with what's keeping bart unions and management from reaching that agreement. >> reporter: there's been public talk but no movement. earlier this morning at about 11:00, both sides were scheduled to meet but so far they have not. >> reporter: they are not messing around. last night the unions gave bart and riders 72 hours' notice of a potential strike just in time for monday morning's commute. but a strike isn't a sure thing. >> management's position is we are going to continue to negotiate to keep the trains rolling. >> reporte
CW
Jul 2, 2013 10:00pm PDT
>>> this is kpix5 news on kbcw. >> no deal yet, but tonight they are talking. the latest on the negotiations aimed at getting bart trains running again. >> it's the pit. it's terrible. >> commuters caught in the middle of the dispute. how police are dealing with block by block gridlock. >> and a thrill for riders. a threat to neighbors. why the bay area's newest attraction has been suddenly silenced. >> good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. there is a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel tonight. bart and its unions are back at the bargaining table. >> and drivers who took their chances faced hours of gridlock in and out of san francisco. contract negotiations resumed a few hours ago at the caltrans building in oakland. >> linda, are you getting any inclination we are closer to a breakthrough here? >> allen, they have been at it for four hours now. that's the most encouraging sign. they haven't been out here yet. bart negotiators looking grim, saying nothing. walking into talks. >> no mediators, anything? >> but union representatives say the
CBS
Jul 4, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, the america's cup and other weekend festivities. >>> kpix 5 has continuing coverage of the bart strike and negotiations. we have posted a strike survival guide with commute alternatives on kpix.com. you can also sign up to get a text alert when the strike ends from kcbs radio. >>> new at 5:00, the bay area heat intensifies the fire in los altos forcing a call for extra firefighters. [ coughing ] >> flames broke out just before 2:00 on j street on the mountain view in los altos -- [ coughing ] >> a fence in between two homes caught fire and was spreading quickly to both houses. 45 firefighters were able to contain the damage to one home. >>> a san francisco police officer credited with saving the life of an elderly woman whose apartment caught fire this afternoon. the officer was responding to a different call in japantown when someone flagged him down. he got the woman out in time but suffered some heat exhaustion in the process. both are expected to be okay. >>> when you combine extreme heat will legal fireworks, you have a recipe for disaster. kpix 5's mark sayre is in gilroy just on
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Jul 2, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. of course, we stress safety for this photographer on his motorcycle as he was splitting lanes. >>> kpix 5's mike sugerman live at one of the city's worst bottlenecks. >> reporter: and not on a motorcycle. let's look down there. that's first street. the bay bridge about a half mile down there. nobody's moving. up here is the aforementioned battery street. you can't see it but it goes back about a mile and a half. up there is bush street. that goes back a mile and a half to lower nob hill. san francisco is like a big gumball machine. it's got a lot of stuff around here. it all comes down to here except it's not coming out here too easily right now. >>> reporter: >> it's the pits, terrible. >> reporter: lots of things are the pits crowded buses, lines, waiting for carpools, packed freeways. but before you even can complain about being on a freeway, you got to get to a freeway. and generally, that means driving on san francisco city streets. this could be the worst traffic of all of it. how long have you been waiting to get here? >> probably 25 minutes. >> reporter: 25 minutes? where'd you com
CBS
Jul 3, 2013 5:00pm PDT
at the bargaining table. those talks resumed about 4 hour ago at the caltrans building in oakland. kpix 5's phil matier is there. what's your read on the progress so far? first of all, is there any progress? >> reporter: well, allen, it's very interesting. the mere fact that they have been here for showers progress but the biggest difference i have seen is the tone between these talks and the earlier ones. take a listen. >>> can't disclose any of the details but everybody is working hard. we hope to come to a resolution quickly. >> that's what's best. we want to make sure those conversations stay at the table so we can try to get a deal done as soon as would be. >>> reporter: those were the feelings on both sides of the three-day bart strike as talks resumed today. hope in the air and with good reason because a prolonged strike could hurt both sides. bart, for example, estimates that the walkout is costing the transit district $3.9 million a week. but it's also taking a toll on the strikers, as well. >> we want to get back to work. we don't want to be out here. it's rough being out here, you kn
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Jun 28, 2013 6:00pm PDT
keeping this a safe but fun weekend. live in the castro in san francisco, linda yee, kpix 5. >> we have posted a list of pride activities on kpix.com. >>> another big story triple strike threat looming tonight in the bay area. ac transit workers have authorized a strike already. oakland city workers will walk off the job on monday. and the possibility of a bart strike very real tonight. kpix 5's ryan takeo on what's happening with those bart talks. ryan. >> reporter: both sides may be minutes away from their first face-to-face contact all day. they were supposed to meet at 11 a.m. that didn't lap. [ strike, strike, strike! >> reporter: bart's largest union so 21 sent a message it's not messing around. 1021. last night the union gave bart 72 hours' notice of a potential strike just in time for monday morning's commute but a bart worker strike is not a sure thing. >> management's position is we are going to continue to negotiate to keep the training rolling. >> reporter: both sides say an agreement is possible this weekend. but so far today, there haven't been any talks. union complain ba
CW
Jun 29, 2013 10:00pm PDT
>>> this is kpix5 news. >>> bart's largest union says they are walking out, but just in the last hour, major developments that could prevent a strike come monday. >> don't jump on an ac transit bus. it might not be running either. >> we get 90s, but to be over 100, that means summer. >> with that comes an extended heat warning. hi everyone and good evening. ann has tonight off. some new developments in the bart contract negotiations. the union says they are ready to strike, but bart made an 11th hour proposal. kpix5's don knapp is live with the very latest. don. >> reporter: frank, the drama intensifies as frustration mounts over these negotiations, or lack of negotiations and the union is talking about a strike. union leaders walked out of bart offices after what they said was another fruitless day in their attempts to negotiate a new contract with the district. outside they said despite having 24 hours before their contract runs out, they will go on strike. >> let me just say that on behalf of them, we want to let the riders know we are giving them notice, that this union w
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Jun 30, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. kpix's don knap pp is in oakland. what do you have? >> reporter: they are continuing to meet. they are resuming after having a break this afternoon. we assume they will go into the night. here at the union hall union members gathered for updating and a bit of a pep rally. and solidarity showing. a press release bite union indicated as we heard before, there was movement in the talks. they put the in perspective for us half an hour ago. >> there has been progress. there has been items that have moved off of the table but nothing that i feel that we can bring back to our members that they would be proud of or that they would ratify. >> reporter: a spokesperson for transit agreed there has been movement but he was not willing to say if a strike could be averted. the pressure is on ac transit and on b.a.r.t because both of those folks are talking about- facing a strike and they certainly hold a lot of clout, the unions do, when so many buss and b.a.r.t trains could be taken out of service tomorrow morning. hope is everyone will talk throughout the night and getting the talks goin
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Jun 28, 2013 11:00pm PDT
curveball. . >>> this is kpix 5 news. >>> same-sex couples rush to the altar. why moving so fast may have just thrown opponents a legal curve ball. >>> 48 hours until a potential bart strike. we've learned how a cooling-off period could cause bigger problems down the road. good evening, i'm ken bastida. liz has the night off. there were long lines in san francisco's city hal all day long and all night as couples reyesed to get married. there was so people city hal opened late until almost 9:00. all this as pride weekend kicks off. lyn sa da is at the party, but let's start with joe vasquez and the first i do's. >> the contract of marriage in token and pledge. >> in token and pledge. >> san francisco city hall was a wedding factory tonight at one same-sex couple after another, dozens of them, stood in long lines out the toor at the clerk's office to get their marriage license then rush today make it official. >> do you, andrew, take paul to be your lawful wedded spouse? . >> [ bleep ] yeah. >> the first in the state to be married was the berkeley couple who prevailed at the supreme court j
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Jun 28, 2013 10:00pm PDT
>>> this is kpix5 news on kbcw. >>> man, that was quick. the court says i do to same-sex marriage just in time for pride weekend. >> yeah. really, no other way to say it. if you think it was warm today, just wait. and where will you be on monday morning? we are watching the bart negotiations ahead of a looming strike. good evening, i'm ken bastida. elizabeth has the night off. it took everyone by surprise. >> i now declare you spouses for life. >> same-sex couples allowed to get married. they were married just before 5:00 this afternoon in san francisco. and all this just in time for pride weekend in the city. linda yee is standing by, but first, joe vasquez on the couples racing to get married. >> the contract of marriage is solemn. in token and pledge. >> in token and pledge. >> san francisco's city hall was a wedding factory tonight. as one same-sex couple after another, dozens of them stood in long lines out the door at the clerk's office to get their marriage licenses, then rushed to make it official. >> do you, andrew, take your lawful wedded spouse? >> yeah. >> the
CBS
Jun 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
morning on kpix 5 and kcbs radio at 4:30. log on to kpix.com for your bart survival guide including a list of commute alternatives and how bay area transit agencies will respond. >>> now the other story. everyone talking about the heat. people in tank tops sipping on cool drinks under a blistering bay area sun. that's what many were seen doing today in most parts of northern california. and there's no relief from this heat yet. roberta gonzales says it's going to be sticking around for a while. >> until 4th of july, frank. until the 4th of july. and that's what makes this heat wave so extremely unusual. it is a multi-day event and right now we're still in the triple digits from santa rosa through livermore into concord, clayton, walnut creek, also fairfield at 105 degrees. so far, we have topped off at 106 in livermore and also in pleasanton. it is now 92 degrees in san jose. take a good look at this right here. this highlighted red area, that is the spot that you need to be concerned about. that is where we have an excessive heat warning in effect until tuesday at 7 p.m. we will continue
CBS
Jul 3, 2013 6:00pm PDT
inside the caltrans building in oakland where bart and the unions are back to the bargaining table. kpix 5's phil matier is there and they have been at it for nearly five hours. >> reporter: they just took a dinner break, they are going out and coming back, didn't say much but even the fact that they are meeting is a big step from just a couple of days ago when they weren't talking to each other. let's look at the story. >>> can't disclose any of the details but everybody is working hard. we hope to come to a resolution quickly. >> that's what's best. we want to make sure those conversations stay at the table so we can try to get a deal done as soon as possible. >>> reporter: those were the feelings on both sides of the three-day bart strike as talks resumed today. hope in the air and with good reason because a prolonged strike could hurt both sides. bart, for example, estimates that the walkout is costing the transit district $3.9 million a week. but it's also taking a toll on the strikers, as well. >> we want to get back to work. we don't want to be out here. it's rough being out here,
CBS
Jul 4, 2013 4:30am PDT
kpix 5 surveyusa poll 23% of respondents said union has made the better case. but nearly double that, 40%, sided with bart management. >> the longer the strike goes the danger is that commuters become more resistant to what the union is demanding. >> reporter: union organizers say they sympathize with commuters. >> i apologize for the inconvenience by withholding our labor. however, somebody has to take a stand. >> the 4th of july holiday should cut down on the gridlock. bart will run shuttles. it's sending three bus to each of the five stations. they will show up at 6 a.m. ac transit is adding nearly a dozen extra transbay buses. they will be running on the n, l and f lines. >>> 4:32. some developing news out of egypt this morning. a new president has taken over after the military ousted mohamed morsi. addly man sar was sworn in just a few hours ago. >> he will serve as egypt's interim leader until a new president is elected. a date for the vote has yet to be set. the military is said to have mohamed morsi and 12 others under arrest. other egyptians celebrated with fireworks last ni
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Jun 27, 2013 10:00pm PDT
>>> this is kpix5 news on kbcw. >> explosive discovery where crews found old military materials and how they got rid of them. >> a new twist in a high profile murder. how an innocent man's dna ended up in the victim's fingernails. >>> commuters wait for word on a strike. where bart negotiations stand as the deadline clock ticks on. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ken bastida. a multimillionaire is free after five months behind bars. in a bizarre twist, the man's dna was found on the victim's fingernails. kit doe on the airtight alibi and how that dna could have gotten where it did. >> when robbie was found dead, it wasn't looking good for lucas anderson. the 26-year-old's dna was found in his fingernails. now -- >> mr. anderson is a free man. >> back on november 30, when he was getting bound, gagged, beaten, and robbed, anderson had an airtight alibi. >> at least every defense you ask, it doesn't get better than this. >> lucas anderson was here with a blood alcohol level of .40. that is five times the legal limit. he was passed out, stone cold, drunk. so how d
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Jun 26, 2013 11:00pm PDT
internet. >>> this is kpix 5 news. >> what a day. but now what? tonight the new new reality and we ask a question about gay marriage opponents. good evening. i am elizabeth cook. >> i am ken. there has been a big celebration all day long. and into the evening after the two big supreme court decisions came down. gay marriage will resume in california, after the justices decision on prop 8. they were split 5-4 but not in the way most people expected. she descented and two consistent conservatives sided with the majority. for the couple that challenged prop able it was a thrilling victory. >> today we could go back to california and say to our own children, your family is just as good as everybody else's family. we love you as much as anybody else's parents love their kids and we will be equal. >> kpix's joe vazquez has some perspective. joe? >> reporter: the organizers declared the party over but it is still bustling today tonight. a crowd of thousands here, some talking about the many defeats along the way. [ music playing ] >> one moment i want to cry. one moment i want to laugh. incre
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Jun 27, 2013 11:00pm PDT
about a strike at any moment, next. . >> this is kpix 5 news. >>> we have breaking news tonight. moments ago bart unions gave notice they could strike on monday morning. good evening i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. >> reporter: let me start with what happened moments ago. this evening there was tension at both sides went into bart headquarters here. they sat down and talked for three hours. and right after 10:30 the meeting ended. a spokesman came out and dropped a bomb shell and he told reporters that the two unions, the workers unions for bart sent a letter to bart announcing a 72 hour notice that there will be a strike monday morning. the bart workers unions will go on strike monday morning unless something changes. >> they promised 72 hours notice. they've given it. they don't have to go. in the past there's been times when we've gotten notice and they haven't gone. the letter says they'll continue to bargain in good faith and we're looking forward to that. >> reporter: both sides will be back at the bargaining table starting at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. both sides s
CBS
Jul 1, 2013 12:00pm PDT
riders boarded ac transit transbay buses to get to san francisco from alameda county but kpix 5's mike sugerman explains, this transit alternative may not last long. hey, mike. >> reporter: well, that's true, brian. can't get there from here if you took bart -- you can't take bart. ac transit? it wasn't as bad as you might have thought. but they put off a strike just for a day and we don't know what's going to go on tomorrow. >> the only ones that are running in the morning right now are the s, o, z -- >> reporter: new bus riders learned the ropes quickly. >> i don't know where i'm going. >> i'm at a loss. >> reporter: no one was bart- ing under the bay so they bused it over. sometimes in much more comfort than they were used to. >> looks like a limo! comfortable seats in there and you're going to have the whole bus with three people. >> reporter: gordon lowe's counter-commute san francisco to concord on a west cat links out of hercules comfortable but time-consuming. >> i only spend an hour, hour 45 minutes commuting from door to door but this way i'm spending going to be closer to 3
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Jul 4, 2013 12:00pm PDT
in several neighborhoods leaving toxin-laced meatballs on the ground and so far two dogs got sick. kpix 5's da lin with the story that has dog lives on high alert . >> reporter: in 7-year-old dog is sedated at a san francisco hospital after meeting poisonous meatballs. the vet says he is in serious but stable condition. >> he will make it but has rough two days ahead. >> reporter: someone left these poisonous meatballs near burnett in the diamond heights neighborhood. dog owners and san francisco police also found them in twin peaks, covalley and hayes valley. >> they are ground beef meatballs with little red and green seeds in them, the toxins. >> reporter: oscar is one of two dogs who ate them yesterday and there may be another case. a dog has been throwing up for two days and is not eating. >> it's likely he ate some of it. >> reporter: we walked into diamond heights neighborhood so far haven't found any meatballs. neighbors picked them up but worry there could be more. >> it's terrible. it's completely heartless. >> keep them on a tight leash and make sure that i have my eyes on them. >
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Jun 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. kpix 5 reporter ryan takeo is in oakland, where both sides are still talking. ryan. >> reporter: if there is a strike monday, union reps say they will try to let the public know by tomorrow but there are no promises. >> waiting for counterproposals and conversations. >> reporter: as talks continue behind these doors, let us remember the talk this week has been heated on both sides. >> the district is totally ignoring us. >> the safety issues i'll repeat what's been said before are a smoke screen to not talk about a 23.2% raise increase request. >> reporter: today bart started to change its tune offering a package it says moves towards the union's stance on pension, benefits and salaries and includes two safety concessions. remember that smoke screen bart said it would not talk about in. >> two days ago it was, we're not talking safety. we're not going to bring those into these negotiations. yet it seems like they caved on that. >> none of this is a cave. none of this can be classified as a cave. we are trying to get conversation going in the right path. >> reporter: these are te
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Jun 28, 2013 5:00am PDT
. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is in oakland this morning. a bart strike is looking more like a reality now. >> reporter: it really is. a lot of people surprised that it has come to this. they gave that 72-hour warning last night. their contract expires at midnight on sunday. bart and the two unions that work for the bart system were negotiating late into the night when suddenly those talks broke down. sticking points include the usual, wages, benefits and safety measures as well according to the unions. both sides say they don't want -- or they do want to work something out. they don't want to have a strike. negotiations are actually scheduled throughout the weekend so this might be able to be avoided. but right now, neither sideshows signs of backing down. -- neither side shows signs of backing down. >> we don't want to throw the bay area into state of mass confusion. we understand the role bart plays in the bay area. we want a good contract and a good ride for our passengers so we have asked the governor to entertain a cooling-off period. >> reporter: but bart has asked the governor
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Jun 29, 2013 6:30pm PDT
negotiations. the union for the bart workers now say they will strike. kpix 5's don knapp is here with the very latest. >> reporter: after what they say was another fruitless day attempting to negotiate with bart, negotiators then walked out of the building after announcing that despite all this time they had spent, they will go on strike. >> let me just say that, uhm, on behalf of seiu, we want to let the riders know that we are giving them notice that this union will be on strike effective tomorrow evening. we will wait until the trains are put to bed. we will not strike before the system is safe and sound. and we do this with regret. >> reporter: been kept waiting for 36 hours for substantial proposal. and now no longer think they can resolve all the issues by tomorrow night's deadline. the two sides have been far apart on issues which include salary, pensions, healthcare and safety. but a bart spokesman gives a different version of what's going on upstairs. >> we have been preparing a proposal. it was ready about 3:45. we called the mediator to come up and receive it. he came up, notified u
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Jul 1, 2013 6:00pm PDT
refuse. so far the bay area will deal with another bartless commute tomorrow. >>> kpix 5's mike sugerman has been out among the commuters for 12 hours. hard to say who is the worse for wear you or them right now. >> reporter: well, i'd rather be standing than sitting in traffic. we were here an hour ago and showed you the streets that lead to a street that leads to the bridge. it's not better. it's worse. we showed you the line that leads to a line that leads to the ac transit buses. it's not better, it's worse. we showed you the line to get on the bart shuttle buses that will take you across the bridge. it's not better, it's not good. it's worse. it's been a day of not better but worse. can they jam these buses any fuller? >> i know it's hot but if we can move as far back as we can to accommodate all these passengers, please? >> reporter: they can't. they just missed it. >> i know. >> reporter: which means another half hour wait for little isabella and her mother on top of the half hour they just waited to get on the ac transit bus. at 2 p.m., three hours before the commute typically be
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Jul 2, 2013 4:30am PDT
now, as well. and so far, no talks are scheduled for later today. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is at the lake merritt bart station in oakland. any sign they will get back together at the negotiating table? >> reporter: we're not sure about that yet, frank. if this is any indication, the picketers are still here at the lake merritt bart station so this means bart riders should be making alternative plans. there's still no word when talks between bart management and the unions will continuing. take a look at what we know so far. right now, the two sides are still pretty far apart. bart is offering an 8% wage hike over 4 years. it wants workers to pay more towards their pension and benefits. the unions want a 13.5% raise over 3 years. they are also willing to kick in a .5% towards their retirement. but insurance is also a major sticking point. >> right now, bart employees only pay $92 towards their healthcare. that's unheard of. most people pay four times as much. >> if anyone wants more than basic, they pay that plus co- pays. it averages out to our members paying $200 a month. >
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Jul 2, 2013 6:00pm PDT
because the state's top mediators are here. ryan takeo, kpix 5. >>> it is bumper to bumper now on the streets in san francisco. just a little bit ago a kpix 5 photographer legally made his way through traffic on a motorcycle. we equipped him with help met cam. this is battery towards market and eventually drivers hope on to the bay bridge. our mike sugerman at another traffic hotspot in san francisco tonight. mike. >> reporter: i'm at the end of battery that becomes first, and you can't see it but that would be bush street. the line goes back to nob hill half mile that way. you see there's an itty bitty sign over there that says bay bridge, i can walk there faster than these cars are going. and you have to wait about a half hour to get on the freeway to wait. >> it's the pits, terrible. >> reporter: lots of things are the pits crowded buses, lines, waiting for carpools, packed freeways. but before you even can complain about being on a freeway, you got to get to a freeway. and generally, that means driving on san francisco city streets. this could be the worst traffic of all of
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Jun 28, 2013 6:00am PDT
. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec reported from oakland. the union gave its 72-hour strike notice late last night. >> reporter: that was a bombshell that came down at about 10:30 last night. a lot of people not expecting this to come this far. the possibly looms even large they are morning of a bart strike systemwide. that could happen as soon as bart unions' contracts are up which happens at midnight on sunday. it could mean a strike for the monday morning commute. bart and union officials's talk broke down last night over wages, benefits and safety measures according to the union officials. both sides say they want to work something out to avoid a strike and negotiations are scheduled throughout the weekend so there is hope but right now, neither side shows sign of backing down. >> we understand the seriousness and the role that bart plays in the bay area. we want a good contract and a good ride for the passengers so we have asked the governor to entertain a cooling-off period. >> reporter: but bart has asked the governor not to entertain that cooling-off period because that could postpon
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Jul 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. and kpix 5's phil matier tells us it could be a long week ahead. he is live at the lake merritt bart station. >> reporter: one thing you're not seeing here are the afternoon commuters coming in from the various parts around the bay area. both sides knew going into this that the strike card was in the deck. the question now is whether they have overplayed their hand. >> you know, that's up in the air. i think there's a bit of sympathy for the union going out. it's a longer strike, that could easily turn. >>> reporter: as a professor of labor relations at uc-berkeley, harley shaken has seen a lot of labor strikes in his time. >> the key is that this doesn't spill over into a very long strike that could be damaging for both sides. >> reporter: the problem is, once workers go out, it's just about impossible to get them to go back in unless they get something out of the deal. and union leaders know it. does there have to be a net gain in this contract to sell it? >> yes, because workers here have taken a wage freeze for each of the last four years and they have gave back $100 million in c
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Jun 26, 2013 5:00pm PDT
reaction from celebrities and a photo gallery of the celebrations on kpix.com. >> stay tuned for essential coverage. can you seat san francisco police department moving in to close the street down as the big celebration is about to begin. we'll have much more from the castro including a report from joe vasquez who's out in the crowd. >> the party has already gun in the castro. folks here are reacting to today's big supreme court decision. we'll have a live report coming up. >> the supreme court deeply divided, a justice lashes out in one of the most scathing attacks we've seen on the bench. >> and we'll also update you on a big change in the weather still ahead. a big heat wave due ahead. stay tuned. >> plus, the votes are in, and the threat of a b.a.r.t. strike is very program the backup plan to avoid a commute catastrophe. ,,,,,,,, in castro coffee shops - it another early morning of >>> some what happened this morning in the castro district. many people in the coffee shops on their smart phones watching the tv, trying to get any information early this morning on what happened at the u.s
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Jun 28, 2013 12:00pm PDT
of people scrambling to find a new way around the bay. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec spoke with both sides of the negotiations and joins us live from the san francisco embarcadero bart station with more. >> reporter: i noticed animosity coming from both sides, both bart and the union representatives. they are in negotiations as we speak and in fact they say they will go 24/7 because there is one thing they can agree on: they do want the trains to keep rolling. >> our members do not want to strike. >> all we can do is continue negotiating and try to avoid it. >> reporter: workers say safety is their main concern that tunnels and platforms aren't properly lit and some of the bathrooms are closed leading to sanitation issues. >> our members put their lives in danger every, single day for the patrons because they care about the patrons. >> reporter: bart calls safety a red herring. >> the second point is the salary, the pension contribution and the healthcare participation. >> reporter: so there are several sticking points. >> well, the economics are the sticking points. >> reporter: according
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Jun 29, 2013 11:00pm PDT
is always bottled at the mountain source. . >> this is kpix 5 news. >> hot, hotter, and still the hottest day is still to come. when the relief is finally back in the bay area. >> why union negotiators walked out on their park contracts to day. and the cost of gas is going up. how much a new tax will soon cost you. good evening everyone. new developments in the bart contract negotiations the unions say they're ready to strike. but live with the 11th proposal that could get talks back on track. perhaps some good news. >> reporter: maybe eventually. frustrations mount all day. 24 hours before the deadline. but there's a new proposal. >> they walked out of bart offices in what they said was another fruitless day. >> let me just say that on we want to let the riders know that we are giving them notice that this union will be on strike effective tomorrow evening. we'll wait until the trains are put to bed. we won't fight before the system is safe and sound. and we do this with regret. >> the unions came they've been kept waiting for 36 hour. now they say they think the issues will not be resol
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Jul 2, 2013 12:00pm PDT
, though. kpix 5's cate caugiran live at the lake merritt bart station. what are you hearing? >> well, anne, we spoke with both sides bart and the unions. bart has reached out to the unions to try to set up another meeting and bart says that they are confident they can try to get things going again hopefully sometime today but meanwhile take a look at this right now. the union workers are still here trying to remind people of their message. >> we're frustrated. we don't want to have this disruption going on. bart left us no choice. >> the emotion that you hear is basically, you know, the venting of our members feeling that they're unappreciated. >> what do we want? >> fair contract! >> reporter: the two sides are still very divided. >> we think the strike was unnecessary. we want to get our employees back. we want to get the trains going. we want to come up with a contract that's fair for our workers but lets us make the investment to keep the system safe for everybody into the future. >> reporter: as it stands, bart offered an 8% pay hike over 4 years in addition to asking workers t
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Jun 26, 2013 6:00pm PDT
at least. today they blasted the supreme court's ruling and as kpix 5's da lin shows us, they will continue the fight for traditional marriage. >> hurts inside. >> disappointed. >> reporter: deflated and unhappy emotions expressed today by opponents of same-sex marriage who worry the high court's rulings will weaken the value of marriage. >> i think it will impact society, and strongly, and the youth of our country. >> reporter: prop 8 supporters have not announced their next step. >> natural marriage has been destroyed as a role model for children. it's now up to parents and grandparents to diligently teach their children and grandchildren the truth, that marriage is naturally between a male and a female, a man and a woman. >> reporter: randy thompson of save california says the supreme court made a bad decision. he expressed hope that the prop 8 ruling might only affect the two plaintiffs, or the counties in which they live, los angeles and alameda counties. many legal experts say it's unlikely that will happen. prop 8 supporters could also file another lawsuit to validate the proposition
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Jun 27, 2013 6:00pm PDT
, ryan takeo, kpix 5. >> the bargaining goes on. thank you. the unions don't have an official position right now on the offer. they are taking a break from the contract talks and they will resume at 7 p.m. they are also scheduled for tomorrow and throughout the weekend. >>> so how are you going to get around if bart goes on strike? you can start preparing now. we have posted some transit all terntives on our website, kpix.com for some transit alternatives. >>> construction on part of the new doyle drive project has halted because of an explosive found. it was found this afternoon near the intersection of halic and graham in the presidio near the approach to golden gate bridge. that's where linda yee is to tell us what was found and what's going to be done about it. >> reporter: we were moved back from the scene. the highway patrol as well as the national park police have now evacuated the area around that construction site which is right off doyle drive. any minute now you may hear an explosion. they want to detonate that unexploded ordnance. as a result, they are also closing down par
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Jul 2, 2013 6:00am PDT
kwon, kpix 5. >> not a lot of smiling faces there. >> no. it seems very annoying. and then also the unknown. we don't know if this is going to go on until tomorrow morning, as well. >> it's going to add a couple of hours going and coming on your commute. let's check traffic. that bay bridge looks a mess. >> reporter: it is a mess. it's even a mess earlier than yesterday. the biggest difference, folks were stuck an hour plus long backups yesterday. they wanted to avoid that this morning. unfortunately, a lot of people had the same idea. they turned the metering lights on earlier around 5:20, 5:25 this morning. so it is already stacked up well into the macarthur maze. if you are looking for a good alternate to the bay bridge -- first, look at the carpool lanes. those are still fine. so that would be a great bet this morning. casual carpool, one of those ride shares apps, those lanes are barely seeing a delay. what's also a good alternative? the golden gate bridge. a live look at that right now. free and easy this morning. in fact, golden gate transit told us yesterday's commute wa
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Jul 4, 2013 5:00am PDT
again to try to sort out a contract with the bart union workers. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran in walnut creek. not a big commuter day probably a good thing for folks. >> reporter: yes. it has to be. i'm sure a lot of commuters as it is a holiday are breathing a sigh of relief because we do know negotiations are going to resume at 11:00 this morning. as you mentioned it is a holiday so that really just goes to show you that both sides are really committed to finding a deal and getting these trains back up and running. what i can tell you about last night is that the talks went from 1:00 to 11 p.m. last night. the groups took a brief break for dinner before walking back inside oakland's caltrans building. the two groups hunkered down for hours and without going into details, they say progress has been made. >> that's what's best. we want to make sure those conversations stay at the table so we can try to get a deal done as soon as possible. >> i apologize for the inconvenience of withholding our labor but somebody has to take a stand. >> reporter: take a look at this. in a new kpix 5/sur
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Jun 28, 2013 4:30am PDT
and if there is no contract by sunday night's deadline they could go on strike on monday. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec reports from oakland with a looming bart strike. >> reporter: we didn't know it was going to come to this kind of a bombshell dropped late last night when the two unions that work for bart gave that 72- hour notice. they said they might strike when their contract with bart ends which is at midnight on sunday. bart and those two unions were negotiating late last night when the talks broke down. sticking points include wages and safety measures. bart did come up with a new proposal yesterday they said came closer to union demands you the unions were annoyed that the media found out about it before they did. they still went back to the table but then dropped the 72- hour notice bombshell about 10:30 p.m. >> 72 hours' notice, they've given it. they don't have to go. and in the past there have been times when we've gotten notice and they haven't gone. the letter is very fair, says they will continue to bargain in good faith, and we're looking forward to that. >> reporter: the metropolitan transpor
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Jul 1, 2013 11:00pm PDT
? these people were stuck on the same stre for . >>> this is kpix 5 news. >>> think your commute was bad without bart? these people were stuck on the same street for hours, but tonight, there is one man who claims he can bring the strike to an end. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. here's the very latest. the bart strike still on. there will be no trains tomorrow. there will be no formal negotiations today, and so far, no talks are scheduled for tomorrow. joe vasquez says traffic was so bad today, some drivers actually took coffee breaks. joe. >> liz, the civic center bart station has a little bit of traffic as the muni trains are still running, but compared to most days it's a ghost town undertown. as for the streets of san francisco, that's a whole different story. gridlock. how bad is the traffic caused by the bart strike. >> bad. >> so bad it took about an hour and a half toe drive a one mile stretch. >> pretty ridiculous. >> that's time enough for children to take a substantial nap, for a lady to calmly walk around to the trunk and pull out some scene of that accident a
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Jul 3, 2013 11:00pm PDT
] ♪ [ roars ] ♪ [ male announcer ] universal studios summer of survival. ♪ . >>> this is kpix 5 news. >> how much longer will bart stations be empty? why no news could be good any tonight. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> and i'm liz booth cook. the who siesd have been in negotiations for about ten hours. at this point, it looks like the strike will stretch into a fourth day. christin, they just walked out. are they any closer to a deal. >> it's tough to tell. they have a gag order imposed by their mediators, but we did see several people coming out of here a moment ago. they can't tell us how successful these talks have been so far, but we can tell that there at least must have been some sort of change here because their tone has changed. we're not hearing anymore of the public bashing and finger pointing. >> after a brief dinner break, first union representatives then bart officials made their way back inside the caltrans building. >> all i can say, we made progress yesterday, and we hope to continue progress today. >> that's what's best. we want to make sure those conversations stay at
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Jul 2, 2013 5:00am PDT
there will be no trains today, no formal negotiations are taking place yesterday and so far none today. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is at the lake merritt bart station with more. >> reporter: good morning. i want to show you there are still picketers here. they have been here since midnight and they plan to be here throughout the day. we know in just a few minutes, we should be getting an update from bart management and as you said, unfortunately for commuters this morning, we don't know when talks between the two parties will continue. take a look at this. as it stands, bart is offering an 8% wage hike over 4 years. it wants workers to pay more towards their pensions and benefits. the unions want a 13.5% raise over 3 years. they are also willing to kick in a .5% towards a retirement. as this battle continues between the two sides, it appears commuters are paying the price. >> bart employees are a bunch of crybabies and they need to quit their whining. >> i don't think anybody is right. >> reporter: bart hopes to talk soon and prepared to propose a significantly improved proposal. we don't know when
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Jul 4, 2013 6:00am PDT
. back to you. >>> today's no holiday for negotiators trying to end the bart strike. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in walnut creek. the two sides spent a lot of time together. the fact they are working on a holiday has to be a good sign. >> reporter: i think so. i think it shows commitment and that's good news for the commuters that have just gotten on the buses and shuttles that you see behind me negotiations will resume at 11:00 on the 4th of july which really goes to show that both sides are committed to getting these trains back up and running. let me tell you about yesterday. talks started at around 1:00 yesterday afternoon. it went until 11 p.m. last night. the groups did take a brief break for dinner before walking back inside oakland's caltrans building. the two groups were hunkered down for hours and without going into details, they say progress has been made. >> that's what's best. we want to make sure those conversations stay at the table so we can get a deal done as soon as possible. >> i apologize for the inconvenience by withholding our labor but somebody has to take a st
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Jun 27, 2013 12:00pm PDT
not been released and kpix5 sources say the unions have yet to see the revised package. they are resuming talks later this afternoon. anne makovec joins us live with reaction from bart riders if negotiations fail and employees strike. >> reporter: that is the problem. we don't know what is going to happen. there is a chance there could be a strike bart system-wide as soon as monday morning. that is leaving a lot of anxiety with bart riders. bart workers are taking their plea directly to riders. >> just hope they come to a decision soon. >> reporter: these fliers ask riders to call bart directors with several complaints. >> cutting corners. they are chopping jobs that deal with safety. >> reporter: workers say safety is their main concern. that tunnel and platforms are not properly it will. some of the bathrooms are closed leading to sanitation issues. but the union is also asking bart for a raise. >> just to keep up with inflation and cost of living here in the bay area. >> reporter: according to bart, the union employees already earn an average of $134,000 a year in wages, overtime, and
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Jul 3, 2013 5:00am PDT
the commute on the roads. kpix 5's da lin is showing us the commute on the water but we start with kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran in el cerrito at the bart station. cate. >> reporter: good morning. the first shuttles actually full and ready to go here. the good news in terms of negotiations is that progress was made. the bad news is we're looking at another day of bay area bart strikes. last night both sides got back to the bargaining table at 6:45. negotiations went until 2: 45 a.m. we don't know the exact details of what was discussed but union negotiators say there was some progress made and they are hoping for an end to the commuter chaos. >> we hate to see people suffer. so the best thing we can do is get a resolution in the strike and move forward. >> we hope to stop inconveniencing the people of the bay area. >> reporter: one of the reasons talks started again is the governor's move to send two new state negotiators to help. in terms of negotiations, today they won't begin until 1 p.m. so unfortunately for this morning, it's going to be another day of traffic, long lines for shuttle
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Jul 3, 2013 4:30am PDT
was a motorcycle. a photographer outfitted with a helmet cam weaved his way around all that congestion. kpix 5's mike sugerman has more now on the long drive home. >>> reporter: >> it's the pits, terrible. >> reporter: lots of things are the pits crowded buses, lines, waiting for carpools, packed freeways. but before you even can complain about being on a freeway, you have to get to a freeway. and generally, that means driving on san francisco city streets. this could be the worst traffic of all of it. how long have you been waiting to get to here? >> probably 25 minutes. >> reporter: 25 minutes? where'd you come from? >> down the road there. >> reporter: that's less than a mile and he was only halfway to the freeway in the middle of the day. that's a good time for this week. >> some people told me it was about an hour, about two hours. >> reporter: that's to travel about a mile. parking control officer nicole chambers said people were treating her pretty well except for the guy who tried to run her over. >> we have complete staffing full complement of parking control officers out on city stree
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Jul 1, 2013 6:00am PDT
let's go live to kpix 5's ann notarangelo at the alameda main street ferry terminal. >> good morning. and the first ferry just left moments ago from the alameda main street terminal. that's where they're going. san francisco. but these people had to start a couple of hours earlier in their commute. normally they hop on bart around 7:00. today it was a 5 a.m. start time hoping to get the 6:00 vessel. the next one leaves at 6:45. these are going every 45 minutes for the morning commute and again, for the evening commute. most telling is that the parking lot is starting to fill up and that's concerning the city of alameda because they have satellite parking that will be available. they are hoping people will use that but we're already seeing that there are much larger crowds than normal this time of day. a customer service representative here will help you navigate around the system. the most common questions, somewhere this ferry going and the answer to that question is, the alameda main street ferry is taking people to the ferry building. the other common question is how do they pay f
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Jul 3, 2013 6:00am PDT
is the governor's move to send two new state negotiators in to help. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is at the el cerrito bart station checking the lines for the bus shuttles. actually being told we don't have her right now. let's go to da lin, though, because you have the latest on the ferry commute. boy, the number of people taking the ferries right now has been tripled over the last three days since the strike started. how are things on the boat you're on? >> reporter: it's actually going pretty good right now. you can see there are about 200 people on this boat right now. they are still waiting for a few more people to come up before it starts to depart to san francisco. again, this is a live look on a boat right now. looks like they locked the door. they are about to head to san francisco. we're over at the alameda main street ferry terminal. these folks right here, they're actually on board right now paying the fare, 6.25 one way to san francisco. take a look, quite a few people packed into this 6:00 ride heading into san francisco for work. now, i'm told by the san francisco bay ferry that
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